World Embroidery Day- 30th July

World Embroidery Day- 30th July

The first World Embroidery Day took place 5 years ago in Sweden. In 2011, a local group belonging to Sweden’s Embroidery Guild took the initiative to organise a special day to celebrate Embroidery and it is now celebrated each year on 30th July. Don’t you just love...
Interviewing textile artist- Deborah Collum

Interviewing textile artist- Deborah Collum

Since I have become a textile artist  myself, I seem to have made several wonderful friendships with some very talented stitchers.   Deborah Collum is one of them. This month’s blog features an interview with her. If you are lucky enough to visit one of her many...
The joy of colour

The joy of colour

The choice of colours that you use in your work can make or break your final piece. I have always used mixes of colours- harmonious or contrasting, and have played around with trying to achieve the perfect shade. Vintage lace and linens dye brilliantly. I sometimes...
Nostalgic Places in Stitch

Nostalgic Places in Stitch

It’s funny how you get used to things and take them for granted isn’t it? I was brought up in Cornwall and spent many a happy hour as a youngster, sitting on the beach with friends and family. I left to go to Uni and haven’t lived there since but...
Old friends- My favourite stitches

Old friends- My favourite stitches

  I approach my little textile pictures as I would decorate a room- The stripping back, the preparation of the surfaces are crucial, then comes the decoration, the final touches. So I source old cloth, dye it with tea or coffee, paint it or distress it  in some way...
A Labour of Love

A Labour of Love

A Labour of Love When my mum died, 20 years ago, I dispersed a lot of her “stuff” according to her wishes but also kept a few meaningful bits. Those bits wouldn’t have meant anything to anyone else, but for me, they were her. In every handbag and...